Rachel Roy Fall 2012 Review

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Rachel Roy Fall 2012 collection.

SHOW: Rachel Roy

HAIR: Ted Gibson

MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown

NAILS: Elle Gerstein for Essie

ACCESSORIES: KOTUR for Rachel Roy handbags, Hue legwear, purple and black booties and classic loafer pumps

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Strong, linear architectural silhouettes balanced with natural elements

Rachel Roy will never disappoint when it comes to chic and sophisticated designs that are classic in their wearability while incorporating enough modern touches to give each piece an of-the-moment appeal.

Her Fall 2012 collection showcased her signature look of understated glamour with an expert blend of minimalism and sexy allure. Sleek lines and simple seaming lent her pieces an effortlessly polished look, while fur, tweed and angora details added ladylike accents.

Colorblocking--the big trend for the last couple seasons--is still prevalent for Fall. Roy used a palette of earthy tones contrasted with pops of bright green, cobalt and pink. Stripes and granite-print tweed patterns, along with monochromatic pant suits comprised the rest of the looks.

For day, chunky knit tops were paired with sleek leather skirts, slim trousers with fur vests and turtlenecks with pleated knee-length skirts. But evening was far sexier than we have seen Rachel do in the past, featuring satin and silk material with curve-skimming drapes and creatively daring open backs.

Rachel took a moment to talk to FashionEtc about the inspiration behind the collection. "I saw a documentary about women landscape architects that take natural elements like the moss I was using (on the platforms where the models were standing) and they took it to this urban setting and they created these strong, clean beautiful outdoor spaces. I was inspired by the shapes they created, the colors I saw, but what I was really inspired by, was that these women were taking really soft, fragile things and making really strong things out of them. I think as women, we are all of those things. We are fragile, we are strong, feminine, beautiful and sexy. I like taking all of those elements and really making a woman feel strong and confident."

Just as Roy had hoped to create, the collection showcased an exquisite balancing act of different fabrics, colors and styles that offered pieces for the empowered modern woman.